The War in Ukraine Has Exposed Germany’s Strategic Quagmire

Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs Annalena Baerbock speaking at a press conference in Berlin, February 7, 2023. (Jörg Carstensen / Getty Images)

The war in Ukraine has renewed talk of Germany’s role in leading Europe — but also increased its economic and even foreign policy reliance on Washington. As bloc tensions rise, talk of an independent European superpower sounds like empty boasting.

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